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Women at Home and in the Community




Movie stars posed in their civilian volunteer uniforms to rally public support for the war.

Actress Rita Hayworth (right), served as a Naval Aid Auxiliary Member

Actress Ida Lupino (far right) became a lieutenant in the Women’s Ambulance and Defense Corps of America.

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Rita Haworth

Actress Ida Lupino

Women volunteered to serve as drivers both for the Red Cross and a number of local volunteer organizations. Drivers transported the sick and wounded, out of town military and government personnel, and delivered supplies at their own expense.

Below, left a woman driver is shown contributing to the war effort in a Hudson Motor Car Ad. Below, center, a Chesterfield advertisement features a woman motorcycle courier. Below, right a letter of reappointment to the American Red Cross Motor Corps. Click on images.

Hudson Motor Ad Motorcycle Chesterfield Ad Red Cross Letter


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 Photo Credits (L to R): #1-5: The Women's Memorial

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